Tag: Berlin

Teenager mutilated boy sculpture in Berlin

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Last night, 16 March 2015, at 11.30 pm, a man vandalized the statue of Alois Senefelder, the inventor of the litography, at Senefelder Platz, Berlin, Germany.

The vandal kicked off the hand of one of the putti and ran away with it. Witnesses called the police, who quickly caught the man, who turned out to be 19 years old. He was still carrying the stone hand.

The police let him go after confirming his identity. They will continue to investigate the crime.

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Read the report by the Berlin police in German here:

http://www.berlin.de/polizei/polizeimeldungen/pressemitteilung.280087.php

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Photos by K. Andersson, taken on 17 March 2015.

We have reported before on vandalism of public art in Berlin, both times with original photos:

Advent Calendar 24 December: Weberwiese

Junge mit Ente, boy sculpture by unknown artist, Berlin Weberwiese. Photo by KA.

Junge mit Ente, boy sculpture by unknown artist, Berlin Weberwiese. Photo by KA.

Junge mit Ente, boy sculpture by unknown artist, Berlin Weberwiese. Photo by KA.

kalendersiffran24“Junge mit Ente” (Boy with duck), by unkown artist, erected at unknown date, though somewhere in the postwar East German period. It’s amazing that there is no information about artist or erection date for such a remarkable piece as this one.

This is one of the most beautiful boy sculptures in Berlin, and as you can see, he is popular among graffiti artists as well. His body has been fully cleaned since I took these photos, but judging from other sources on the net, painters have been at it again, especially at the boy’s penis. 

This post ends Destroyer’s Advent Calendar for 2012.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this parade of Berlin boy sculptures. Which one was your favorite?

I sure enjoyed to photograph them. For a time it was a very entertaining hobby, going with my bike to various parts of Berlin where I hadn’t been before, looking for sculptures that I often only had a description of, no photo. Sometimes likeminded friends were joining me. Let me tell you, it’s a great way to spend time together, like going on a treasure hunt, equipped with lists and maps. The excitement of searching. The thrill of finding. Almost a boyish pastime.

With that I wish you all a Merry Christmas. I know many readers of this blog don’t have traditional families to spend the evening with. Hopefully this blog, though a bit scarce of comments, can remind you that you’re not alone.

Advent Calendar 23 December: Aßmannshauser Straße

"Knabe", boy sculpture at Aßmannshauser Straße, Berlin, by Maximilian Klinge, 2006. Photo by Karl Andersson.

"Knabe", boy sculpture at Aßmannshauser Straße, Berlin, by Maximilian Klinge, 2006. Photo by Karl Andersson.

kalendersiffran23“Knabe” (Boy) by Maximilian Klinge, 2006.

Found outside a residence building on Aßmannshauser Straße, Berlin.

The artist was born in 1964, and the model for this sculpture was his own son. I was told that by his wife, who happened to come out of the building just as I was taking my photos. I commented that it was rare to find beautiful sculptures like this one. “Yes, it’s rare nowadays, isn’t it”, she replied with a smile.

Advent Calendar 22 December: Biesdorf

Knabenakt, boy sculpture by Senta Baldamus, 1956. Photo by Karl Andersson.

Knabenakt, boy sculpture by Senta Baldamus, 1956. Photo by Karl Andersson.

kalendersiffran22Knabenakt by Senta Baldamus, 1956.

At least, that’s what I think it is. There is no depiction at all of this boy sculpture on the internet. It’s supposed to be located in “Kulturpark Biesdorf” in eastern Berlin suburb Biesdorf. However, it wasn’t there, judging from the description, and it wasn’t in the Schlosspark either. I searched for a long time in the rain. Afterwards I roamed the surroundings at a venture, and was quite shocked when I ran into the boy in the backyard of a Vivantes hospital. That’s where they had hid this beautiful piece! It’s a shame, really.

Senta Baldamus (1920-2001) was a German sculptress who made several striking bronze pieces throughout Berlin.